His middle name, Pershing, was in honor of the World War I General Pershing, then commanding officer of the European conflict.
He wore clothes that would fit a 17 year old boy.
His shoes were size 17 1/2.
In 1931 the banks failed, and he lost his savings. He gave up the magazine business.
Just before his 12th birthday Robert had his first checkup at Barnes Hospital (St. Louis), where the family learned of his over-active pituitary gland that caused his fantastic growth.
His weight was 270 pounds, and his height was 7' 4". It took 14 yards of 36" wide material to make his Boy Scout uniform.
It took two turns and 20¢ to get Robert through the turnstile.
It measured 14" x 22".
He graduated in the January class, 1936.
his size 37 shoes cost $100.00 a pair
including Hollywood and most of the western states, as a goodwill ambassador for International Shoe Company. Thereafter, the firm made his shoes free of charge.
His weight was 490 pounds, his height was 8' 11.1". He was buried July 19, 1940 in Upper Alton Cemetery.
"Alton Museum of History and Art - Robert Pershing Wadlow - Alton's Gentle Giant." Alton Museum of History and Art - Robert Pershing Wadlow - Alton's Gentle Giant. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.